The collab reigns as it rises at both pop & country radio.
For only the third time since Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart transitioned to a hybrid data list, blending airplay, streaming and sales, on Oct. 20, 2012, a song debuts atop the survey.
Pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and powerhouse country duo Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be” launches at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 16. Rexha makes her first visit to Hot Country Songs, while FGL earns its sixth No. 1, and first since “H.O.L.Y.” reigned for 18 weeks beginning May 21, 2016.
“Meant” is being driven in part by budding multi-format support at both pop and country radio, where it’s being dually promoted. It rises 31-28 on the Pop Songsairplay chart (up 33 percent in plays, according to Nielsen Music) and pushes 57-48 in its second week on Country Airplay (2 million impressions, up 47 percent).
On the Billboard Hot 100, “Meant” reaches the top 40 (42-40). Rexha earns her fifth top 40 Hot 100 hit and FGL lands its 10th. (All charts will update tomorrow, Dec. 5, on Billboard.com.)